I have a simple question.
Is Mexico responsible for anything?
Admittedly, it is difficult to lay complete blame for the drug violence on Mexico when we (the U.S. citizenry) are consuming the product of, and we (the U.S. government) are arming, the drug cartels. So let’s be generous and say “we” are responsible for 60% of the problem. Seem reasonable? So why do we only hear about our 60%? What about the other 40%?
(Update the below paragraph with “Caravans heading North”…)
Considering the lines outside emigration services yesterday it struck me that Mexico was doing nothing to help “legitimize” the status of the individuals in line. But to Mexico’s defense even if they had I’m not sure it would have been warmly received. In fact, several of the “on scene” interviews sounded more like asylum cases in that the individual would run down a list of how inhospitable and outright dangerous Mexico is. The idea of going back, to them, would be cruel and unusual punishment for crime they did not commit. While I personally enjoy Mexico and find it to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth… I do not necessarily disagree, but it lends to the larger issue.
Is Mexico responsible for anything? If so, what?
Let’s say Canadians were flooding across the border for reasons of escape… (which in some medically related scenarios is not so far-fetched) would we be so tolerant of the Canadian government as to continuously find ways to blame ourselves? And since we’re on that topic… blame ourselves for what? Is it our fault that we cling to the final visage of Free-Market Capitalism in the world and the prosperity it promulgates, thus creating a more desirable alternative than the place these folks are escaping from?
So why are we quiet in regard to Mexico?
Why exactly is it not Mexico’s responsibility to create that same atmosphere for their citizens? (The same applies to all Latin American countries given our current predicament.)
Why should Mexico be absolved of the international cry to improve their economy, create jobs and control crime repeatedly leveled at the U.S.? It’s certainly not a lack of natural resources, ports, or favorable climate… It’s clearly not the lack of population or strong work ethic. So why?
Partly it is a U.S. media predisposed to self loathe U.S. success and prosperity. It simply is not in vogue to appreciate the Capitalist system our country was founded on, assuming they know what that is, or the riches realized from it. The flip side of that is a programmed desire not to criticize Socialist countries, not because it might make the country look bad but because they would have to look in the mirror and re-evaluate their personal beliefs.
The final aspect is Political Correctness and the fear of being labeled racist should anyone step up and offer the truth. They know the first Journalist to speak out loud that ‘Mexico shares the blame for our border problems and must own their economic woes will be labeled a bigot who hates… I don’t even know anymore… Mexicans? Hispanics? Latinos? Mayans? Aztecs? Spaniards? I mean seriously. The world is cosmopolitan. Having a Spanish surname means little here in the U.S. but the census still counts you as Hispanic… Why? Because that’s how the money is handed out. Rest assured, someone would be offended somewhere, so you’d be a bigot somehow.
All I’m asking for is reasoned, rational, discussion.
What I’m saying simply is there must be a focus on other countries responsibility when it comes to their citizenry and internal economic problems.
Unfortunately it seems all too easy to blame the U.S. for all the ills in the world, especially by our own journalists. When I say “easy”, I mean both comfortably and safely. They are comfortable because they believe it, and they are safe because they know as long as they blame the U.S. First… there will be no punishment directed at them from the industry of the offended. The Antifa Fascists will be fine with it, so they know their houses will not be burnt down.
Think about the comments from the EU and how the problems they suffer are always the fault of United States. The starvation and disease in Africa is our fault. The illegal immigration problem right here in the U.S. is our fault… because, like every other country in the world including Mexico, we don’t openly accept just anyone who crosses the border. It’s stunning how the world expects us to bend in every way imaginable while they conduct themselves in a way of “business as usual”.
It’s also stunning that absolutely no attention is paid to how we became a country that could help those less fortunate on our borders… and around the world. But here’s a hint… it wasn’t by giving all of our stuff away.
I am a Capitalist. As such, this is not a cry to seal the borders and not let anyone in, or pull all of our Diplomats home. On the contrary, I like tall fences and wide gates. I expect to have access to the best products at the best prices for my self-determined needs. Having emissaries abroad is important to communicate the benefits of freedom and liberty of the individual as well as aid those who wish to embrace it for themselves in their own countries.
But there needs to be rational and reasonable assessments when determining the foundation of problems lest no solutions can ever be arrived at.
Unless that’s the point.
For more on “the point”: La Gran Mentira
(A repost from 8/16/12, since illegal immigration is now being used to destroy the Constitution’s Separation of Powers. It’s dated, but brings up what I believe to be an important question. What are we saying about Mexico? Are we delaying a Revolution south of our Border? If so, to whose benefit? And if we are delaying a Revolution, is it serving to make Mexico, and Latin America as a whole, more Fragile?)
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(For David… regarding the idea that Socialism, referencing his question of my sanity on Trump’s China Tariffs, requires Capitalism to survive. While the current topic involves raw materials the concept is the same. Crappy Communist/Socialist countries require us, and our productivity, to exist. They are parasitic. This originally posted in Feb. 2012)
Given the latest comments by European Leaders at the G20 conference regarding their current difficulties having originated in the U.S. and President Obama’s granting amnesty to illegal aliens with accolades from the Mexican President (because it is a huge subsidy to Mexico through the flow of US Dollars south), I thought it was worth revisiting.
It has been fascinating to watch as Europe melts down.
It illustrates a theory I’ve had for many years which is that socialists survive at the mercy of capitalists in the name of stability. I started thinking about this in the early nineties, Clinton had just handed, yes handed, Mexico 5 billion dollars. That was back when 5 billion could buy you something nice. It was done under the auspices of fighting the war on drugs. But what it really did was prop up a socialist state. Who wants a revolution so close to home… right? I don’t mean to pick on Clinton because Reagan and Bush have done it too.
Reagan’s granting amnesty to 13 million illegal immigrants was another way of subsidizing Mexico as it kept the flow of U.S. Dollars heading south into their economy. (We could see this again…) George W. did it by making it illegal to purchase prescription medication from Canada. If that had been made legal it would have been tantamount to declaring war on Canada because it would have destroyed their health system by preventing them from dictating prices they would pay to the drug companies. To put it in the simplest terms, they get away with dictating prices because you pay more here and subsidize the cost for them. Feel good about that? We have seen this type of socialist subsidizing for years across every administration. It is primarily through our military… “You guys in trouble financially?”, “Let’s have joint maneuvers, or how about we move some more troops in for training exercises…”. All that means is U.S. Dollars going in to the their not-so-self-sufficient Socialist Paradise.
We have also seen this played out when military contracts are steered to foreign countries for no apparent benefit. The product isn’t better, but darn it they need the help. (Bare in mind, I am a capitalist… it is my duty to buy the best product for me at the lowest price. I have no issue with overseas manufacturing. Our lack of manufacturing says more about us than them. That’s for another time.) Well, now things have changed… we ain’t got no money.
Look at the panic and finger-pointing when the engine of Capitalism, slowly poisoned by Socialists, isn’t healthy enough to ride in and save the Socialist Dream.
If I sound merciless, it’s because I am. As far as I’m concerned Socialism has been living on borrowed time. (And it has been our own socialists lending it to them.) To steal a quote; “The chickenssss have come hoooome to roooost!” Now big daddy ain’t got no sugar…. and you’re on your own.
(An aside: When are we going to have emergency hearings on “home-grown Socialism”? Does Homeland Security know about this? Where’s the Socialist Watch List? The Socialist No-Fly roster? Can’t we profile these people? The destruction to this country and its citizens is profound. Someone should alert the press.)
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…the number of Border Agents who cannot arrest anybody. And, if they do, cannot detain or deport them.
Demand a 90% apprehension rate of illegal aliens, a statistic that can never be verified.
Whatever you do, do not build tall fences… and certainly not with wide gates.
Anything, anything, anything but Securing the Borders First.
Why is that the goal? Why the posturing?
La Gran Mentira.
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(A repost from the past 111012. A Not so Golden Oldie worth a re-read. Since major players are putting racist balkanization in front of beneficial ideology… Is it burning yet?)
This is Part II of Dan Miller’s essay regarding our current state of affairs.
I agree with much of this… But I would add a few things such as term limits for all government employees… worrying less about the politicians, making Public Service Unions unconstitutional, and creating a single or at least very limited platform that all individuals might find appealing.
I know that is easier said than done (Not really… it’s just that no one seems interested in doing it.), but many of the Issues we find ourselves fighting over should simply be left out.
These issues would be, but not limited to, Marriage, Abortion and Legalization of “drugs” which are all issues which the Federal Government should be SILENT and the States should be in the sole position to decide. (I use quotation marks because in today’s parlance “drugs” refers to those substances you don’t think other people should use. Much like the word “cult”.)
I’m afraid, however, that I share a little less of Dan’s optimism in regard to having anything happen without a catastrophe of some kind. As many of you know, having read my posts in the past, I was never a “Romney Guy” so much as I was hopeful that his election could give us the opportunity to slam on the brakes… well, that hope is gone.
As always I will continue to put time thinking about what options are realistic and if I find any promote them. Until that time I’m finding myself in the camp of “Let it Burn”.
In the end, It seems we are our own worst enemies when it comes to bailing out incredible horrible Socialist ideas at the last minute. So much so that much of the electorate believe with all their hearts (not their minds) that nothing bad will ever happen… sometimes the only way to learn anything is to make a mistake, often very big ones. As always, I reserve the right to change my mind.
We the Opposition
Part I can be found here. It provides some of my thinking behind this, Part II.
Jim Gourdi at Conservatives on fire wrote yesterday,
Obama won and we lost. There are lessons WE must take away from this election. One lesson is that the Republican party is not what in many parts of the world is called the OPPOSITION. They are not the opposition. We are. The virtuous conservative and libertarian Americans are the opposition. We have no party that represents us. Yes, there are some small third parties; but, it would take years for a viable third party to be in a position to challenge the two-party system. We don’t have years! The second lesson we must take away from this election is that Obama won because the combined forces of the anti-Obama voters and the pro-Romney voters did not show up in sufficient numbers…
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